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Visit, Live & Invest in Walcha::

The natural beauty of the Shire is quite breathtaking. The Shire is home to the magnificent Macleay Gorges and boasts some 205,000 hectares of dedicated national park, wilderness and state forest. Parts of our Werrikimbe National Park are World Heritage listed.

 

The Shire is also a well known trout fishing mecca, boasting some 1,500 km of trout streams which are a home to Rainbow and Brown trout. The township of Walcha is 1,067 metres above sea level, with the highest point in the district being at "The Flags" (42 kilometres south of Walcha) which is 1,493 metres above sea level. The Shire covers an area of 640,028 hectares (2,475 square miles). The population of the Shire is approximately 3,115 which includes approximately 1,700 in the Town of Walcha.

 

Walcha is situated some 420km from Sydney via Thunderbolt's Way through Gloucester, and 523 km via Tamworth and the New England Highway. The natural beauty of the Shire is quite breathtaking. The Shire is home to the magnificent Macleay Gorges and boasts some 205,000 hectares of dedicated national parks, wilderness and state forest.  Parts of our Werrikimbe National Park are World Heritage listed.

 

The Shire is also a well known trout fishing mecca, boasting some 1,500 km of trout streams which are a home to Rainbow and Brown trout.

 

The township of Walcha is 1,067 metres above sea level, with the highest point in the district being at "The Flags" (42 kilometres south of Walcha) which is 1,493 metres above sea level. The Shire covers an area of 640,028 hectares (2,475 square miles).

 

The Walcha district today is a significant primary producing area. It is one of the largest stock carrying areas in New South Wales. The Shire has long been known as a producer of high quality native hardwoods and its importance as a softwood producing area is increasing. It is renowned as one of the best fine wool growing areas in the world.

 

Walcha is one of the largest stock carrying areas in Australia with sheep and cattle populations of 804,419 and 157,501 respectively (31st March 1999 statistical information). The gross value of agricultural products produced in the Shire during that period was $40.687 million.

 

Population

 

The Population of Walcha, according to Census 2011 was 3021.

Of these 3,021 people 1,505 were males and 1,516 were female.

The median age was 44.

Total indigenous persons was 184.  This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

 

CLIMATE

 

The area is located in the sub-humid temperate zone. Summers are short and mild and winters long and cold. Mean monthly maximum temperatures vary from 25.4 degrees Celsius in February to 11.7 degrees Celsius in July. Mean monthly minimum temperatures vary from 12.5 degrees Celsius in February to minus 2.9 degrees Celsius in July. Frosts occur throughout the year beginning in March and ending in December and it is not uncommon to have temperatures drop to minus 10 or 14 degrees Celsius during winter on the lower areas of Walcha. Snow also occurs an average of two (2) days per year. In January to April winds blow most frequently from the north-east while in May to December from the west to north-west.

 

The average annual rainfall is 815mm with December and January the wettest months and April and May the driest.

 

GEOLOGY

 

Geologically the Walcha district is part of the New England Region consisting of extensive sedimentary rocks with granite intrusions to the north-east. Basalt rock dominates the centre of the district.

 

The district is largely made up of a plateau forming part of the Great Dividing Range. The maximum elevation is 1462m at Grundy Trig, 39 km south of Walcha. To the east of Walcha the plateau is steeply dissected by spectacular gorge country which is readily seen at the Apsley Falls, 18 km east of Walcha. The first drop of the falls is 114 m and the second, 1 km further on, is 195 m. The gorge is 360 m deep. The district forms part of the catchment of four major river systems. The westward flowing Namoi River and the eastward flowing Macleay, Hastings and Manning Rivers.

 

Rainfall in the district ranges from 700 to 1200 mm annually with approximately 60 per cent falling in the summer and 40 per cent in the winter. Temperatures are low and Walcha often features as having the lowest minimum in the State. Walcha has an average frost period of 240 days.

 

Soils of the district are predominantly Krasnozems, Chocolate and Solod soils. Over one third of the district is covered by shallow soil types.

 

The eastern and southern areas of the district are covered with wet sclerophyll forests which yield large quantities of valuable hardwood timber. The central and north-western areas consist of open woodland which has been extensively cleared. Altogether about half of the district is under native timber.

 

The large areas of native forest and the long history of pasture improvement on the cleared lands has resulted in the district having experienced little soil erosion. At least half of the district is largely un-eroded and the remainder experiences either slight to moderate sheet erosion or occasional gullying of drainage lines.

 

Attractions around Walcha

 

You may find the following places interesting while you are visiting Walcha.

Open Air Gallery
Walcha Local History Centre
Camping Areas and Other Areas of Interest
Scenic Waterfalls

Walcha Pioneer Cottage and Museum Complex

 

Economic Development

 

Many businesses opportunities exist in Walcha and Council will always be on hand to assist new operators.

 

At this stage one of the most likely options is a clothing retail shop.  Walcha has had very successful such businesses for over 100 years but due to an unusual set of circumstances the only one in existence now is a boutique ladies wear shop and a very successful one too.

 

Otherwise nearly no clothing is available in Walcha and this must present a very attractive opportunity for an enterprising person.  Excellent premises are available and the prospects for a good retail business look most encouraging.

 

Any interested people should contact the General Manager, Jack O'Hara.

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